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Find Your Joint Assets

This is part two of an ongoing series about being financially prepared for a divorce. Read part one here. Heather is a 42-year-old social worker with three kids, a house, a mortgage, and a small retirement account. She has consulted a lawyer and...

Is a Break Within Your Means?

This is part one of an ongoing series about being financially prepared for a divorce. Read part two and part three. I am convinced that the second most-common New Year’s resolution—after going to the gym—has got to be getting divorced. Starting...

Giving Means More than Money

If you’re thinking about giving now to a cause you care about, you’re not alone. The average person makes 24% of her annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, according to research from the Center on Philanthropy. But between regular...

Why is it so Hard to Split the Holiday To-Do List?

When I was faced with planning my son’s fifth birthday party a few months ago—in the middle of a work crisis—I finally asked my husband to take over. Then I closed my eyes and tried to smack down the voices telling me a) I was a Terrible Mother...

Gift-Giving When You're the Boss

‘Tis the season of giving, and if you’re the boss, that can be....awkward. Do you give employees gifts or follow the Ebenezer Scrooge School of Management? “A boss should make some sort of gesture to show appreciation,” says business-etiquette...

Retro Gifts Guys Will Love

He loves his rogue past. He won’t give up the motorcycle boots. His man cave is decked out with old arcade games. This year, bring him back to those simpler times—for under $50. A Classic. ($14.99, Retro Planet) “I’d like to buy the world a Coke…”...

Talking about Money with Your Friends

Would you tell a friend what you earn? How much debt you have? Despite how much you share with friends about the rest of your life, money remains a weirdly taboo topic. And that’s a shame, says financial therapist Amanda Clayman. Just as you turn...

My Fiance and I Crunch Our Numbers

Armed with detailed spreadsheets and statements—I recently had the “let’s combine our finances” talk with my new fiancé. Gulp. Despite past conversations about our income levels—I earn more—and some other issues, we’d never really bared our...

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